franklyHANK: Kinky Boots & DWTS

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Tony-award winning Best Musical "Kinky Boots" is back in Chicago starting Tuesday night thanks to our friends at Broadway In Chicago. The show is set at a shoe company in England that is down on its luck until a drag queen named Lola comes along and helps them invent "Kinky Boots." I love this musical so much and if you haven't seen it, you should.

"Kinky Boots" plays the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago through Sept. 4, so don't delay. Get tickets at

Season 23 of "Dancing with the Stars" premieres on ABC7 on Sept.12 at 7 p.m. and the cast was announced on Tuesday.

Here they are along with my thoughts...

Cheryl Burke and Olympian RYAN LOCHTE - Desperate for redemption after the lying Lochte-gate fiasco, he may just get it.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Olympian LAURIE HERNANDEZ - Should be easy for such a gifted gymnast. She'll be around for a while.
Emma Slater and Former Texas Governor RICK PERRY - Expect the former gov to get the boot quickly.

Artem Chigvintsev and Actress MAUREEN MCCORMICK - Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! Looks amazing. Excited to see her.
Witney Carson and Rapper VANILLA ICE - Hmmmm! The jury is out. He may surprise us all.
Allison Holker and Singer BABYFACE - We know he can sing, but can dance?
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Model AMBER ROSE - Uhm, I love her partner!
Sasha Farber and Reality TV Star TERRA JOLE - Rooting for Terra. Always love an underdog.
Derek Hough and Actress & Author MARILU HENNER - I got a feeling Marilu is going to surprise us.

Lindsay Arnold and Former Detroit Lions WR CALVIN JOHNSON - Sports! You know I know nothing.
Jenna Johnson and Actor JAKE T. AUSTIN - Cute guy. Never heard of him, but I had never heard of Riker Lynch either and he rocked it.
Sharna Burgess and Race Car Driver JAMES HINCHCLIFFE - Nope! Never heard of him.
Gleb Savchenko and Country Singer JANA KRAMER - See my note above.

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